Research Director, Alumni Pathways

Position Overview

Summit Public Schools is seeking an experienced Research Director to lead a special research project studying the pathways our alumni take after high school graduation.  This role will lie on Summit’s Analytics team. It will be a temporary role with a 6 month duration.

The Alumni Pathways Project will gather data from the National Student Clearinghouse, Cal-PASS, alumni surveys, and interviews in order to better understand the lives of our alumni after high school. The goals of the project are to better understand Summit’s long-term impact and the barriers our alumni face. 

The Research Director will lead all data collection and analysis for this project, working closely with the Chief Information Officer, other members of the Analytics team, and the College Readiness Team. They will also recruit and manage a team of Summit alumni to help facilitate qualitative data collection.

The ideal candidate is experienced in collecting and analyzing data using a variety of tools and techniques, both qualitative and quantitative. They should be an excellent project manager and strong communicator, able to work effectively with stakeholders to achieve high-quality outcomes. Content knowledge in college readiness and workforce development, as well as strong writing skills, are a plus.

Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge, skills and habits they need to lead  a fulfilled life?  This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools

Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 15 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. Historically, 98 percent of Summit graduates are accepted to four-year colleges, and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.

We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned leaders to join our team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life. Join us!


What You’ll Do:


Qualitative and Quantitative Study Design

  • Deeply internalize the study’s research questions and hypotheses, including how those are informed by Summit’s unique approach, and own their development and framing
  • Draw on existing research and best practices to develop surveys and interview protocols
  • Identify gaps in pre-existing data sources and make plans to fill them
  • Develop a project plan for data collection and analysis and win buy-in for the plan from all stakeholders

Data Collection

  • Lead survey administration and qualitative data collection
  • Recruit and manage a team of Summit alumni to assist in collecting survey and interview data from their peers
  • Pull quantitative data from Summit’s existing alumni data warehouse and extend it using new sources such as Cal-PASS

Data Analysis


  • Identify key trends and findings from the data in line with the study’s research questions and hypotheses


  • Combine quantitative and qualitative data to paint a robust picture of Summit’s alumni pathways
  • Draft reports and whitepapers to share findings with the field at large

What You Need:

Key Qualities and Skills 

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
  • Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education or a qualitative research field is preferred but not required) 
  • Experience in education, including K-12 and higher ed
  • Ability to analyze and assess quantitative and qualitative data
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, communication and presentation skills, especially in presenting data to different audiences.
  • Clear health and background check




Who You Are:

About You  

  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes. 
  • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges. 
  • You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
  • You thrive in innovative environments, and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.
  • You’re a natural problem solver, and you seek out opportunities to make things better.
  • You have exceptional project management and organizational skills with especially strong attention to detail.
  • You are adaptable, ready to thrive in a rapidly changing environment, and can learn the skills needed to meet the organization’s needs.

What you get:

Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 week-long organizational closures during the year. 

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


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